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Constancy is the quality of being constant; steadiness or faithfulness in action, affections, purpose, and so forth. It indicates an unchanging quality or characteristic of a person or thing. It is the opposite of inconstancy.


  • Through perils both of wind and limb,
    Through thick and thin she follow'd him.
  • Changeless march the stars above,
    Changeless morn succeeds to even;
    And the everlasting hills,
    Changeless watch the changeless heaven.
  • O constancy, be strong upon my side,
    Set a huge mountain 'tween my heart and tongue!
    I have a man's mind, but a woman's might.
  • I could be well moved if I were as you;
    If I could pray to move, prayers would move me;
    But I am constant as the northern star,
    Of whose true fix'd and resting quality
    There is no fellow in the firmament.
  • He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven,
    And fire us hence like foxes.
  • Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
    Men were deceivers ever,
    One foot in sea and one on shore;
    To one thing constant never.
  • If ever thou shalt love,
    In the sweet pangs of it remember me;
    For such as I am all true lovers are;
    Unstaid and skittish in all motions else,
    Save in the constant image of the creature
    That is belov'd.
  • I would have men of such constancy put to sea, that their business might be everything and their intent everywhere; for that's it that always makes a good voyage of nothing.
  • O heaven! were man
    But constant, he were perfect. That one error
    Fills him with faults; makes him run through all the sins:
    Inconstancy falls off ere it begins.
  • Through thick and thin, both over banck and bush,
    In hope her to attaine by hooke or crooke.
    • Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (1589-96), Book III, Canto I, Stanza 17.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 132-33.
  • 'Tis often constancy to change the mind.
  • Abra was ready ere I call'd her name;
    And, though I call'd another, Abra came.
    • Matthew Prior, Solomon on the Vanity of the World, Book II, line 364.
  • Out upon it! I have lov'd
    Three whole days together;
    And am like to love three more,
    If it prove fair weather.
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